Here is a story in today's Charleston Gazette about another WV innovator who has developed an advanced solar hot water system. The WV Legislature and former Gov. Manchin passed an "alternative" portfolio standard/energy credit system that ensures these kinds of renewable energy entrepreneurs will receive no support in WV. Be sure to watch the video interview with businessman James Richards discussing the history of solar hot water systems and explaining how his Sunbank system works.
Washington, DC allows homeowners who install solar hot water systems to generate renewable energy credits (SRECs) to support renewable energy trail blazers. In WV, FirstEnergy can generate credits from burning coal mine gob piles.
As Gazette reporter Doug Imbrogno points out, the US is now far behind the rest of the world in the manufacturing and installation of solar hot water systems. Imgrogno quotes this account by Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute: